The newSpin Newsletter, April 30, 2012
By Bill Lewellis
Published Monday, occasionally also on Thursday
You know you grew up in the 50s if your parents thought it was perfectly alright for the neighbors to yell at you if you did something wrong and your parents were not there.
• Polls show changing attitudes on gay marriage ... [Episcopal Café, Andrew Gerns] The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has created a series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. The graphs show how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party since 2001. n general attitudes same sex marriage: In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin. Today, the public is about evenly split, with 47% in favor and 43% opposed. Graphics here.
• On the Leadership Conference of Women Religious overhaul ... [NCR, John Allen, April 27] By far, the biggest Vatican story at the moment in the American media market is an announced overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for superiors of the roughly 400 women's orders in the States. The move has been presented by the Vatican as a "reform" but styled as a "crackdown" in most press coverage. More from NYTimes, Maureen Dowd and Nicholas Kristof. And LCWR Annual Assembly to go forward.
• The new user-friendly, useful and attractive DioBeth website ... A complete do-over. Explore a bit. You'll find it eminently user-friendly, useful and attractive. www.diobeth.org . As a retired communication minister, I'm so proud of Kat's work and the work of everyone who had a hand in putting this together. It will become, I'm confident, an effective tool for evangelism. I will not hesitate to refer it to anyone who expresses to me an interest in becoming an Episcopalian and a parishioner in the Diocese of Bethlehem.
• Diocesan Life, May/June ... Stories on St. Alban's, Sinking Springs, Family Promise at All Saints, birthday bags for the Nazareth Food Bank, our New Hope campaign update from Charlie Barebo, Vocare, Bishop's Day for Kids, the Whitehall Food Pantry, What is a deputy? (for General Convention) and more. Here.